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Leap Year: A Novel

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  178 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Leap Year attests to Mr. Cameron’s blossoming satiric gifts and his instinctive feeling for the confusions of a generation.” —The New York Times

As the curtain falls on the vibrant, gritty New York of the 1980s, just-divorced David and Loren Parish watch their lives come apart—but not before one last year of self-absorbed fun. Even with their daughter Kate mistakenly kidna
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ebook, 248 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Open Road Media (first published 1990)
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Kasa Cotugno
Nov 25, 2009 Kasa Cotugno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank heavens for the recognition of Peter Cameron as a major novelist. Has this taken over 20 years? This wonderful book, Leap Year, is a snapshot of the late 80's, most definitely rooted in that time. Books set in NY hold a special appeal -- with the limitless combination of personalities, how they intersect and ensnarl. The City acts not so much as a backdrop as a character. Each character is vibrantly brought to life, with snatches of laugh out loud humor. ("[She:] knew better than to fall a ...more
Alice
Mar 23, 2012 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! And the reason I gave it four stars is that it's hard to find a book that is funny and smart. The atmosphere of the time (the book takes place in 1988) is so well captured, that I laughed out loud in many places remembering that time period. It has a long list of featured characters, so you have to keep remembered who is who, and how they are related (in a Rube Goldberg sort of mixed-up way), but the fun is delicious, the plot fairly preposterous, but a really good break from dysfunc ...more
Adri
Sep 17, 2015 Adri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very readable

The book is well written. But at times I wondered where it was headed. There are some rather bizarre scenes, but eventually most of the loose ends are tied together.
Richard Jespers
Cameron seems to toss this one off for fun like one of Maupin’s books. Seems superficial unlike his other work.
Meredith
May 28, 2007 Meredith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hamilton People
I seem to remember that this guy went to Hamilton C. maybe when it was Kirkland. Anyway, I read to book a long time ago but I remember the characters (sketchily) but I always remember the way they interacted. The writing (his writing in general) has always seemed to me honest, unironic and unadorned. Which I appreciate. After reading all the Dave Eggers, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Franzen, etc (vomit noise). Self-awareness and irony only go so far now. And that's not very far actually. Tell a stor ...more
DoctorM
May 26, 2012 DoctorM rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darkly funny comedy-of-manners set in that odd era where the Eighties were yielding to whatever new set of social markers might be found in the Nineties. "Leap Year" can be a bit full of Manhattan in-jokes, but even when Cameron is aiming at obvious targets (the art world, disaffected yuppies, ferally-ambitious twentysomethings on both the UES and LES) he's witty and intelligent...and has unexpected sympathy for his characters. Cameron is a writer who's worth your time. Start with "Leap Year" an ...more
Miranda
I really liked Peter Cameron's "Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You" so I decided to read another book by him. Though the characters in this novel were middle-aged(much older than me), I was able to relate to them and enjoying reading about their antics. This book has an interesting combination of relationships, love, dating, and murder.
Nick
Jan 05, 2010 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my all-time favorite novels. It's funny and sweet and, as ridiculous as this sounds, just makes me believe in the goodness of human beings. I think Peter Cameron is pretty wonderful. I have probably read it about 5 or 6 times. I return to it again and again. And the last 10 pages always make me cry, but in a good way.
Tina
May 20, 2014 Tina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This book was slightly entertaining, in that I wondered how all of the characters' storylines would play out, but it felt a lot like a beach/ebook read to me. There wasn't much more than what was on the surface of this book.
Callie
Feb 08, 2008 Callie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2007
An interesting story with lots of strange, unexpected events. I enjoyed it.
Carla
Oct 30, 2013 Carla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Totally charming, fast-paced and entertaining-- a natural writer.
Christine
Apr 14, 2010 Christine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's seldom I don't finish a book...I didn't finish this one.
Tara
Jul 10, 2012 Tara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition


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Peter Cameron (b. 1959) is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. Born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, he moved to New York City after graduating college in 1982. Cameron began publishing stories in the New Yorker one year later. His numerous award-winning storie
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